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Vampyros Lesbos (1970)

Cast: Ewa Strömberg, Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, more...
Director: Jesus Franco
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Vampires, Germany
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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Director Jesus Franco's surrealistic reworking of Bram Stoker's short story "Dracula's Guest" has acquired a substantial cult following due to its hallucinatory erotic imagery and a sexy performance by Soledad Miranda as vampiric Princess Nadine Korody. Ewa Stroemberg stars as Lucy Westinghouse, an American working in a Turkish legal firm. Lucy is plagued and thrilled by a series of erotic dreams concerning a mysterious vampire woman who seduces her before feeding on her blood. When she travels to an island to settle Princess Korody's inheritance, Lucy recognizes the beautiful woman as the vampire from her dreams. A poetic, arty horror film which begs comparison to the work of French director Jean Rollin and Spaniard Jose Larraz, Vampyros Lesbos is an ode to indulgent, funereal excess and is among the most peculiar, gripping films of Franco's career. Dennis Price and Paul Muller co-star, while Franco appears as a hotel porter. Various versions run 89, 82, and 78 minutes. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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My Big Fat Greek Lesbian Vampire Movie by godlessdolphin August 23, 2005 - 2:54 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Pretty girls, pretty Mediterranean setting, and doses of dreamy vampirerotica...what could possibly happen? Not much, as it turns out, in this Franco film that looks like and moves a little slower than a cubist painting. The late Soledad Miranda is easy on the eyes as an undying vampiress who attempts to seduce a buxom blonde, but even she can't make up for the movie's lumbering pace. Too many time is spent lingering on the sets and admiring the lighting. It might have been better if the director had steered a trashier course, but LESBOS in its current form is too covetous of art cred to excite or stimulate. It'll send you to bed, all right but not for the reasons Franco probably intended. Hip music, though.

Godard Does 60s Erotica by RussMeyer February 6, 2004 - 11:18 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
For those who haven't seen this DVD yet, that's the best way I know to describe it. There are scenes that appear for no other reason than to capture the 60s, new wave cinema, vibe. And those scenes do that very well but at the same time, they seem to be a gut reaction on the part of Franco to simply explain something away. Rather than do some exposition, he chose several of these weird scenes. And that's okay by me. I'm probably reading too much into these scenes anyway.

Soledad Miranda is beautiful to watch. She was a young discovery of director Franco and starred in several of his flix. Sadly she was killed in a car wreck in 1970. If not for that, she probably would have become a huge star.

The actual film transfer on this DVD is great quality but more time and attention could have been given to supervising the transfer process. Mag scratches appear in several rolls and there is quite a bit of green in the black, shadow areas. As a filmmaker myself, I know that fixing issues such as this demands $$. I guess Synapse Films, the producers of this DVD, had limited funds to spend on Vampyros Lesbos.

If you're new to Jess Franco, this is a great film to start with. Vampyros Lesbos is probably is most, well-known film. This was great viewing.

Lesbian vampires......yum.

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